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shaun Moyes

shaun Moyes

Heaven on Earth - LCC

shaun Moyes's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

shaun Moyes's Bio

Live for the Pow pow. Shred the dirt and climb the rock until the white falls again.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on June 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 43 / 10 us

It would seem that the 5.10 Canyoneers are "THE" shoe for canyoneering. However, they don't fit everyone's feet ...especially mine. I have narrow feet and 5.10 Canyoneers are a little wide. I kept sizing down until my toes were crunched like a pair of climbing shoes and I still had side to side wiggle. I have tried on current and past and SAR versions of the shoe.

The La Sportiva Xplorer shoe has a narrower last; but, could still fit people with a wider foot do to lacing running all the way to the toe. This also helps to be able to customize the fit all the way through. The design makes this shoe definitely more versatile for more foot shapes.

The shoe is synthetic with plenty of mesh to allow for drainage and do away with leather rot.

One great thing about the 5.10's is the grip of course. That being said, the sole of the Xplorer is Vibram. It is very sticky, has great traction with braking design, a climbing zone in the front (less knobs/more flat) and has a nice toe rand as well.

The sole is stiff enough to offer good support while the shoe itself is much softer and forgiving than the 5.10's.

While many have said this shoe fits true to size, I join the one other review that it runs small. This may be due to the fact that I am covering more miles or spending more time in them as a canyoneering shoe than just an approach shoe. If you want it to fit tight like a climbing shoe, then it fits true to size like climbing shoes in my experience. I usually wear 9-9.5 and some times 8.5. I went with the 43 which should be a 10 according to it's specs. My toes touched the end in the 42.5 when standing flat foot. I was afraid of the toenail issues it may cause when spending 12-15 hours in a canyon or descending long exits.

I've only had the shoes for a short time; but, have already done several canyons. I'll be doing several more canyons over the next month including the all day IMLAY Canyon. I will post more after some more miles.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on June 7, 2015

Best fruit snacks ever! ...for realsies!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thanks to Backcountry.com and Honey Stinger, I was given the opportunity to review the greatest fruit chews ever made for the benefit of the backcountry.com community. ...my pleasure ...seriously.

I just have to say right from the go that I am for real when I say these are the best. I was able to share these delicious treats with well over a dozen other individuals. The reviews were unanimously in favor of these chews being super awesome.

My daughter Anna tasted a few and made the non-coerced comment "these are the second best fruit snacks I've ever tasted!" When asked what the fist was ...she couldn't answer. I think that actually makes these the first best ever. A week later, we shared with other friends. Without being told anything other than "eat this", Body put one in his mouth and said "Woh, These are good!" Followed by "these are the best fruit snacks ever!"

Van (my almost 3 year old) went nuts for these. He does not love all fruit snacks ...he's picky.

I have also eaten my share of these fruit chews - yummy! Both flavors are delicious. I'm not sure anyone who tasted them really had a preference. Both the Mix Berry and Sour Citrus are equally good.

From a parent's stand point, these are organic without high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and only 70 calories a serving. From a kid's stand point (or anyone of any age for that matter), these are simply delicious. As stated elsewhere, they also don't stick to your teeth.

Honey Stinger is a cool company with an interesting history in regards to energy food. I love that their products are natural and honey-based. Both the package size as well as the actual chew size are great. This is an easy little treat to carry several in a pocket for yourself or the kids.

Over the past few weeks, these chews have been Jeeping in Utah's west desert, Canyoneering in Capitol Reef National Park, Desert hiking in and around Goblin Valley State park and have also been eaten in-between play and work around the neighborhood.

This product gets 5 stars with flying colors for tasting delicious, while also having so many positive aspects to what goes inside.

I will highly recommend Honey Stinger Fruit chews to my friends and family and anyone else.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on June 7, 2015

Anna loves 'em!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Honey Stinger for hand-selecting me to review this yummy product for the benefit of the
backcountry.com community.

Honey Stinger makes energy foods using natural ingredients and based on honey. In this case, we're talking about two waffles (similar to the stroopwafel found in Europe) with honey sandwiched in-between.

I had the opportunity to share this product with at least a dozen people ranging in ages from 2 to 42. For the most part, the really young ones from didn't care much for the waffle. The Adults were split between it being good and being super delicious. The kids older than 5 all seemed to really enjoy this organic treat.

My daughter is 8 years old. She absolutely loves these honey waffles. The first time Anna tried these was just after a soccer game. She had never had anything like them before and loved her first bite. She immediately gave her approval and asked what they were. Over the next few weeks, we took the remaining waffles hiking to Goblin Valley in Utah's southern desert, Jeeping with friends, and even on Anna's first canyoneering trip. What a fun and enjoyable snack for all such outings. Anna was bummed when we finally finished them. She is now waiting for me to get some more.

For Anna, I will buy these again for sure. Based on my 2 year old's reaction ...I'll get him something else. Please note that he is picky. Imagine that ...a picky 2 year old. The size is perfect for a snack on the go. The individual packaging makes them easy to pack, carry and break one out when needed.

The product is organic and the company history is nice. They were basically ahead of their time for making energy food back in the 1950's. It just took a little time for us all to realize that we wanted energy food ...especially natural honey-based energy food.

4 stars because Van (my little boy) didn't fall in love like Anna. None-the-less, most reviews were in favor. 5 Stars from Anna. Great product.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I finally decided that I wanted to replace my awesome and loved, but bulky, Sierra Designs Flex Down Jacket. I still like that jacket and it is super warm. The flex fit is great; but, I wanted something that was lighter for backpacking and slimmer fit so I wouldn't look like the Michelin Man.

I'm sure I looked at 10 - 15 lightweight down jackets. In the end I did not want the ultimate in thin; but, more of a balance between weight and warmth. My final two choices were this and the Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody. I love the fit on both; but, I feel that this one packs a little tighter, fits a little easier and felt better overall.

With a piece like this, no one jacket will fit everyone and preference will vary drastically based on opinions. None the less, if you are looking for a solid balance between lightweight and warmth in a true down jacket with a great shell construction, this should make your short list.

My only complaint is that Patagonia makes jackets in some really great colors. This particular jacket only comes in two ...black and red (more of a bright orange). I would have loved it in Cilantro Green, Andes Blue etc. At least one or two other options would have been nice. As it stands you get to choose either dark as midnight or bright as high noon.

All in all, I am super pleased. feels warm like my larger puffier Flex Down; but, fits so much better. I don't miss the bulk.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 10

I used to wear Teva's back in the day. For many years the only thing that touched my feet were sandals or ski boots. a few years back, I purchased some Chacos because they were the "greatest thing ever" according to many. Solid with a great sole; but, they hurt me on longer days and outings. I hiked, floated rivers, Lake Powel, approaches and so on. I hated my Chacos and yet I forced myself to wear them for years because they were expensive. Finally I gave them away and went back to the original. My feet are so happy.

I love Tevas. Chacos aren't for everyone. I prefer these all day long. I may end up missing the soles of the Chacos a little; but, I much prefer these original Tevas overall.

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shaun Moyeswrote a review of on May 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Great harness for going up or down. Whether climbing or canyoneering, the Primrose is a great harness at a very reasonable price point. Can't see buying anything different for my wife on the next go around.

Comfortable, breathable, quickly and easily adjustable, well built.

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